Straw Blowing Rainbow Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

Every now and then we put an idea together that comes with a little extra WOW factor. This simple straw blowing rainbow art project definitely has the wow factor, as well as the fun factor and the ‘I want to do this again and again and again’ factor.

It’s an art process that ignites an incredible energy and enthusiasm, and I doubt you will resist the urge to have a go yourself.

And its a fabulously unique and simple way to create a rainbow, that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Here’s what you need…

Straw Blowing Rainbow Art

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Rainbow Paint from a squeezy bottle – Red, Orange, Yellow Green, Blue and Purple
Straws
Thick Heavy Weight Paper or Card

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

Squeeze the paint directly onto the paper to create a rainbow form.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

Take a straw and with a big puff, start blowing the first arch of the rainbow.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

Work along each arch.

Paint will splatter, spread and merge into each other to create fun patterns and texture.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

And once you have completed each arch, take an extra big puff and blow over the entire painting in random directions!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Art Ideas for Kids | Straw Blowing Rainbow Art | Straw blowing to make rainbow art is a fun and creative process your kids with LOVE!

To see how Straw Blowing Rainbow Art works in action, take a peek at our video and be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube Channel!

I hope you and the kids enjoy this awesome process and have lots of fun with it!

My kids inevitably took the art process in their own direction and had a blast blowing the paint all over the paper, using various mixes of colours and at one point, multiple straws!

It’s amazing how much puff can come from a three-year-old!

For more Rainbow Inspired fun, take a look at our Rainbow Paper Plate Craft and Rainbow Scrape Painting!

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Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | A simple paper plate rainbow craft for kids. A super cute St Patrick's Day Craft or Spring Craft.

As an adult, I still get excited when a rainbow appears in the sky and my children, literally, shriek with delight. We love rainbows and if you haven’t already guessed, they’re a huge source of inspiration here at Arty Crafty Kids.

Today I have the pleasure of showing you an incredibly easy paper plate rainbow craft that’s perfect for your toddler or preschooler.

Isn’t it sweet?

And while it’s a simple craft, it also presents a fantastic opportunity to introduce colour mixing to young children (Red/Yellow = Orange, Yellow/Blue = Green. Blue/Red = Purple).

There’s also an element of fine motor work, as the children have carefully glide their paintbrushes across the paper plate to create individual arches of a reasonbly equal size  – although in reality, lets not worry about the details as kids  are likely to have their own wonderful ideas of how their rainbows will look ( i’m sure there will even be a brown one here or there).

Sound good?

Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft 

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Supplies:

Paper Plate
Paint ( Red/Yellow/Blue as a minimum)
Cotton Wool
PVA Glue
Scissors


 

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | A simple paper plate rainbow craft for kids. A super cute St Patrick's Day Craft or Spring Craft.

Simply cut the paper plate in half and then cut out a small semi-circle from centre of the paper plate.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | A simple paper plate rainbow craft for kids. A super cute St Patrick's Day Craft or Spring Craft.

Follow the curve of the paper plate and add (as individual colours or mix them up) red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple paint to form a rainbow.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | A simple paper plate rainbow craft for kids. A super cute St Patrick's Day Craft or Spring Craft.

Once the paint has dried, separate the cotton wool into balls and add them to the bottom of each arch – these will form the clouds!

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Easy Paper Plate Rainbow Craft | A simple paper plate rainbow craft for kids. A super cute St Patrick's Day Craft or Spring Craft.

And ta-da, your toddler or preschooler will have completed our easy paper plate rainbow craft!

I hope they love their rainbows and if you are considering this craft for a preschool group, imagine how they may look as part of a wall display or alternatively, the children could have a go at some collaborative art and create giant rainbows from an old cardboard box!

For more easy Rainbow themed art and craft ideas, take a look at our Rainbow Scrape Painting or Rainbow Butterfly Craft.

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Rainbow Scrape Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Today’s Rainbow Scrape Painting is inspired by the gorgeous book “My Color is Rainbow” written by Agnes Hsu – a mum, entrepreneur, author, creative and the mastermind behind the awesome, Hello Wonderful blog.

My Color is Rainbow

Have you ever felt that you don’t quite belong?

And that you would like something more from life, without knowing what that ‘more’ is?

This is the story of White Arch, who embarks on a journey of self discovery to find its place in a world full of colour.

White Arch meets each colour of the rainbow who all represent a different characteristic – Loving, Friendly, Happy, Helpful, Peaceful and Majestic.

The colours are kind, welcoming and inclusive.

But, why limit yourself to just being loving or happy or friendly, when you can be all of them and more?

White Arch discovers that there are no limits and there are no boundaries; becoming a tidy metaphor for the challenges that children (and adults) may face today in juxtaposed world full of both limitations and choice.

If you like the sound of ‘Mr Color is Rainbow’ you can purchase your copy from Amazon here.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Rainbow Scrape Painting 

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Supplies:

Paint – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and White.
Stock Card
A piece of scrap card – try using an old cereal box or similar.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Simply line the paint in order of a rainbow at an angle.

Within the flow of rainbow colours, white has been included to see what happens to ‘white arch’ as the paint is spread

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Take the scrap card and spread it across the paint.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

Pushing the paint across the card.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique. Ask you child, what happens to White Arch?

In some instances the white blends to create a lighter shade of the adjacent colour.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book-Club | Rainbow Scrape Painting | Based on the gorgeous "My Color Rainbow" toddlers and preschoolers can create their own rainbows using the scrape painting technique.

At other times, white remains as a stand alone colour – It can be the rainbow and itself 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple Rainbow Scrape Painting activity. My preschooler spent hours repeating the process and trying different shapes and colour sequences. For more inspiration, take a look at our Scrape Painting Post that will show you how to create interesting patterns.

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Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kids Art Projects | 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids | A collection of the most creative, unique and fun ways for kids to create amazing works of art with watercolors

Did you know that watercolor paints can be painted, sprayed, dripped and combined with soap to create amazing rainbow colored art?

They can also be used on plastic as well as paper. Scribbled over and melted.

This awesome collection of 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for kids is all about showcasing the best of the best watercolor techniques for kids. They’re simple, creative and super duper fun!

Watercolors are a fabulous medium for kids to explore and I hope this round-up inspires you to try something a little different with the kiddos.

Shall we take a look?


Watercolor Art Projects for Kids 

Click on the links to see the full instructions for each watercolor art process.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kids Art Projects | 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids | A collection of the most creative, unique and fun ways for kids to create amazing works of art with watercolors

1. Our collection begins with a gorgeous layered watercolor paper plate flower.

2. Transform watercolour splodges into beautiful doodled flowers.

3. Have you ever just scrunched your art up? this crumbled paper art process is a fun and an ‘out-side the box’ idea that kids will LOVE!

4. Explore bleeding tissue to create a stunning bird canvas.

5. Create a beautiful heart painting using the hot glue resist technique.

6. Get creative with color to create crazy watercolor paintings.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kids Art Projects | 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids | A collection of the most creative, unique and fun ways for kids to create amazing works of art with watercolors

7. Explore great artists with a Kandinsky inspired watercolor circle art.

8. Create a beautiful spiders web with the oil pastel resist technique.

9. Check out the beautiful results of the watercolor and cling film process.

10. Younger children will love making a watercolor puffy heart!

11. I adore these inspired watercolor life sized self-portraits – a great art project for a group of kids.Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kids Art Projects | 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids | A collection of the most creative, unique and fun ways for kids to create amazing works of art with watercolors

12. Using ingredients you’re likely to already have stashed away at home, why not try raised salt painting?

13. Have a play with painting on plastic, hold it up and see what happens…

14. Explore lines with our watercolor and yarn painting.

15. Create beautiful flowers with coffee filters.

16. Combine watercolors with a tie-dye technique to make DIY wrapping paper.

17. Make a beautiful bouquet of roses with tissue paper and watercolors.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kids Art Projects | 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids | A collection of the most creative, unique and fun ways for kids to create amazing works of art with watercolors

18. Add watercolors to pinwheels to create some gorgeous decor.

19. “Singing in the rain” with liquid watercolors – love these prompts!

20. Try wet on wet watercolor art to create some interesting textures and color blends.

21. Our penultimate process melts watercolor crayons to create an amazing sea of color.

22. And last but not least, calming watercolor art is fabulous for quieter moments.

Now that you have seen all 22 Creative Watercolor Art Projects for Kids, do you have a favourite?

Or maybe you have an idea that should be included?

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Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

There’s a certain charm about toddler and preschool crafts, and this kid-made Valentines Heart Bouquet is guaranteed to melt the heart!

I love the random sprinkle of glitter and button here or there.

And you will love the simplicity!

With minimal prep, our Valentines Heart Bouquet is a hands-on activity for little hands to scrunch, cut, sprinkle and stick.

Put them together and you have a gorgeous, colourful Valentines bouquet with a difference.

Here’s what you need…

SUPPLIES: Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet 

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Red and Pink Stock Card
Tissue Paper
Glitter
Buttons
Sequins
Green Pipe Cleaners
PVA Glue

Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet 

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

The best way to to  create a symmetrical heart is to simply fold the card in half and cut out half a heart shape.

Unfold the card and you ta-da, you have a heart!

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

Next, it’s time to decorate the hearts.

Offer your toddler or preschooler tissue paper, sequins, buttons, glitter or even paint, as well as some PVA glue, step back and watch the magic happen.

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

Attach a pipe cleaner along the crease of the heart using PVA glue or sticky tape.

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

Gather the heart flowers together to create a bouquet!

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | Craft Ideas for Kids | Toddler Valentines Heart Bouquet | The perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

I hope you and your kiddos love this simple Valentines Heart Bouquet and if you’re looking for more Arty Crafty Valentines inspiration, take a look at our messy heart painting, heart crown and love birds!

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Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page

Arty Crafty Kids | Coloring Page | Valentines Love Tree | Beautiful Valentines Tree of Love Coloring Page for adults, filled with detailed flowing hearts

There’s a certain charm about hand drawn coloring pages. The combination of irregular lines and free flowing design, not only makes them unique, but interesting too and I hope you can see that a oodles of love was poured into this gorgeous Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page.

I love it, my kids love it and I hope you love it too!

And as a fun extra, you can also download our Valentines Love Tree as a Valentines Day Coloring Card.

Handy Tools for your Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page 

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Colouring has become one of my favorite past-times and when you’re downloading one of our free printables, I would recommend using quality paper. It will enhance the vibrancy of the colors and your pencils will be easier to blend, especially if you decide to use a water-soluble pencil or fancy exploring Inktense ink pencils.

To create depth and shade, my weapon of choice is a basic blendable pencil and you don’t need to be anything more than a novice to use them!

It’s all about sitting down, relaxing and allowing yourself to enjoy the flow of coloring without worrying about technical aspects

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Coloring Page | Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page | Beautiful Valentines Tree of Love Coloring Page for adults, filled with detailed flowing hearts

Top Picks! 

Paper:
Heavy Weight Paper
Watercolor Paper ( for water soluble pencils)

A6 White Cards with Envelopes

Pencils:
Blendable Coloring Pencils
Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Ink Pencils

Pens:
Gel Pens
Sharpies

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Coloring Page | Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page | Beautiful Valentines Tree of Love Coloring Page for adults, filled with detailed flowing hearts

To download your love tree, simply click on the ‘ADD’ buttons and follow the on-screen instructions!

A6 Valentines Love Tree Coloring Page

TIP: Use an A5 piece of card to fold over to create an A6 card.

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20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities | Do-able, fun and easy Valentines crafts for preschoolers. Craftsand activities 2-3 years will be able to do!

When it comes to crafts and activities for 2-3 year olds, simplicity wins and having a three-year-old little lady of my own, I know the difference between the ideal and realistic…

So the aim of this post is to present 20 of the best, most ‘do-able’ Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities for 2-3 year olds!

And like many of the round-ups featured on Arty Crafty Kids, I LOVE to show you variety and within this awesome collection, I will show you a range of simple and achievable Valentine’s themed art techniques, crafts and messy play ideas.

Let’s check them out!


 

20 Valentines Preschool  Crafts & Activities 

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities | Do-able, fun and easy Valentines crafts for preschoolers. Craftsand activities 2-3 years will be able to do!

Very simple art technique using materials you’re likely to have at home, this pom-pom printing technique is a great one for line work!

Or try swapping the pom-poms for fingers to create a gorgeous heart canvas!

These puffy paint hearts literally lift themselves from the page and are geat fun for 2-3 years olds to explore.

Create some secret hearts for kids to find using paint with this super cool glue resist technique!

Preschoolers are rarely shy of a little mess and will love testing out this shaving cream printing idea.

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities | Do-able, fun and easy Valentines crafts for preschoolers. Craftsand activities 2-3 years will be able to do!

Can you imagine a room full of these cheerful tissue paper suncatchers?

And here’s another suncatcher with a difference, that’s great for working those fine motor skills!

Start collecting the toilet rolls for some super fun TP roll stamping.

I adore this beautiful heart silhouette canvas.

And why not add a sensory element to your preschoolers Valentine’s play with some ice heart art!

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities | Do-able, fun and easy Valentines crafts for preschoolers. Craftsand activities 2-3 years will be able to do!

So you’ve seen the art and messy play ideas, let’s move on to a ridiculously cute and simple paper plate love bug!

Or introduce some awesome science play with some fizzy hearts.

I love it when a craft offers 2-3 years olds an opportunity to practice lacing – great for developing fine motor skills and this gorgeous lace heart would look fabulous hanging up!

Alternatively, add a little sparkle to some clay ornaments.

And finally, roll up the sleeves and let the kids loose with some paint and a tinfoil heart canvas – I can assure you, they will LOVE this one!

Arty Crafty Kids | Valentines | 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts & Activities | Do-able, fun and easy Valentines crafts for preschoolers. Craftsand activities 2-3 years will be able to do!

I’m pretty sure the kiddos will go mad for this spin heart painting technique!

And my goodness, how adorable is this noodle necklace!?!

You can never go wrong with a simple sponge painting

This charming Valentines lantern is easier than it looks and I LOVE that it comes with a home stitched tag.

And last but certainly not least our collection of 20 Valentines Preschool Crafts and Activities concludes with some simple yarn wrapped hearts.

Now that you have seen all 20 ideas, do you have a favourite?

If you try any out, be sure to come back and let me know what worked for your kiddos!

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Heart Coloring Pages

Arty Crafty Kids | Colouring Pages | Hearts | Heart Colouring Pages | Free Heart colouring pages for adults and kids! Colour to your hearts content with these gorgeous, detailed designs.

Welcome to the launch of Arty Crafty Kids – Coloring Pages for Adults (and their kids!) – and I am delighted to kickstarting our collection with these gorgeous and unique detailed Heart Coloring Pages for you to download and color till your hearts content, for FREE!

And as a fun added extra, we’ve adapted our coloring pages into printable card versions for you to download, color and send to loved ones.

Handy Tools for your Heart Coloring Pages

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Colouring has become one of my favorite past-times and when you’re downloading one of our free printables, I would recommend using quality paper. It will enhance the vibrancy of the colors and your pencils will be easier to blend, especially if you decide to use a water-soluble pencil or fancy exploring Inktense ink pencils.

To create depth and shade, my weapon of choice is a basic blendable pencil and you don’t need to be anything more than a novice to use them!

It’s all about sitting down, relaxing and allowing yourself to enjoy the flow of coloring without worrying about technical aspects.

Arty Crafty Kids | Coloring Pages | Hearts

Top Picks! 

Paper:
Heavy Weight Paper
Watercolor Paper ( for water soluble pencils)

A6 White Cards with Envelopes

Pencils:
Blendable Coloring Pencils
Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Ink Pencils

Pens:

Gel Pens
Sharpies

It couldn’t be easier to download these beautiful Heart Coloring Pages.

Simply choose your favorite, click on the ‘ADD’ buttons and follow the on-screen instructions!

A6 Heart Coloring Cards 

TIP: Use an A5 piece of card to fold over to create an A6 card.

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Paper Plate Love Birds

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

It’s the season of LOVE and we’re getting our Valentine’s craft on with these adorable paper plate love birds. They are so easy to make and kids can get really creative with their designs; adding colour and patterns to make their love birds stand out from the flock.

Using a single paper plate,  it’s the perfect craft for a group session or at home.

Supplies: Paper Plate Love Birds 

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Paper Plate
Paint
PVA Glue
Pipe Cleaners
Scissors

Directions: Paper Plate Love Birds 

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

Cut the Paper Plate in half creating a ying-yang shape.

Use one-half for the body and use the remainder to create a large heart shaped wing, a triangular beak and big circle for the eye.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

Next, paint the bird – get creative use lots of colours and make a pretty pattern.

Using PVA glue, attach the wing and beak.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

If you have pipe cleaners to hand – excellent, otherwise I wouldn’t worry as I consider them to be an optional extra!

You will need one pipe cleaner cut in two. Bend one piece into a V shape and leave the other slightly longer piece straight.

Simply place the long pipe cleaner into the centre of the V, align and twist in the middle.

Using some sticky tape, attach the legs to the back of the paper plate.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

To finish off, add a black pupil to the circle and glue it onto the love bird.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Love Birds | Super cute paper plate Love Bird. An easy Valentine's craft for kids.

Ta-da, you should now have a super cute paper plate love bird!

And since love birds always come in pairs, why not make another?

For more Valentine’s inspiration check out our Handprint Valentine Tree, Paper Plate Heart Hat or for some super duper messy fun, take a look at how we set up a messy heart painting session.

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Messy Heart Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

What’s not to love about this super fun, super easy Messy Heart Painting art project!?!

With a set-up of time of LESS than 5 minutes using materials you’re likely to already have at home, this is the PERFECT activity to have in the back pocket for rainy days.

And I can guarantee, you’re kids – little or big – will love it!

So here’s what you need!

MATERIALS: Messy Heart Painting 

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Cardboard
Tinfoil
Paint
Paintbrushes

Messy Heart Painting 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

To create the heart canvas, simply grab an old cardboard box and cut out a heart shape.

Next, wrap it with tinfoil.

Depending on how perfectionist you are, you could either smooth it out or leave a few bumps and creases for a little extra sensory fun.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

Set up the paint and start with a paintbrush or get creative and offer a q-tip, a clothes peg with a pom-pom, yarn or any other household item that might be fun to paint with.

And then, just leave the kiddos to it and see what they do!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

My kids will often skip the paintbrush and dive straight in with their hands.

When we try this activity again, I will certainly get more creative and perhaps offer some natural paintbrushes made up of leaves and flowers as an alternative.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

If you would like to add an educational ‘pre-writing’ slant to this activity, you could offer your child some images of letters, shapes or numbers for them to copy.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

Or like us, just stick to having some messy fun.

My little girl loved moving the paint over the tinfoil canvas, smoothing out the bumps while mixing the paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

She tried creating handprints.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Messy Heart Painting | An amazing hands-on sensory art session for kids to explore texture and colour mixing. Super fun and easy art ideafor kids, with a set-up tine of less than 5 minutes!

And loved reviewing the “pretty paintings” left on her hands.

For such a simple activity, our messy hearts offers oodles of open-ended play for kids – from colour mixing, sensory process art to becoming a fun pre-writing activity.

However your child adapts this activity, as they are likely to have their own ideas, I hope they love the process and have lots of fun with it!

For more process art ideas take a look at our watercolour heart painting, yarn art and splatter painting!

 

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